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ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
Admit it, you have these kinds of thoughts too. (2/5a)
CHART STORY: RIHANNA’S HARD “WORK” PAID OFF
Sia's latest arrives as well. (2/5a)
RIHANNA TAKES
THE STAGE
Add another megastar to the Grammy-night list. (2/5a)
HITS LIST PUTS YOU ON THE 50-YARD LINE
Are you ready for some football? (2/5a)
ADELE WADES INTO THE STREAM AGAIN
Still no album, but another single is streaming. (2/5a)
GRAMMY SURPRISE GUESTS
Will the formerly snubbed return to steal the show?
TRUMP VS. ADELE
It's gonna get nasty. We wouldn't bet on the The Donald.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
Which Grammy moments will spike sales, streams and tickets?
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ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
Admit it, you have these kinds of thoughts too. (2/5a)
CHART STORY: RIHANNA’S HARD “WORK” PAID OFF
Sia's latest arrives as well. (2/5a)
RIHANNA TAKES
THE STAGE
Add another megastar to the Grammy-night list. (2/5a)
HITS LIST PUTS YOU ON THE 50-YARD LINE
Are you ready for some football? (2/5a)
ADELE WADES INTO THE STREAM AGAIN
Still no album, but another single is streaming. (2/5a)
GRAMMY SURPRISE GUESTS
Will the formerly snubbed return to steal the show?
TRUMP VS. ADELE
It's gonna get nasty. We wouldn't bet on the The Donald.
STREAMING'S NEXT BIG PLAYER
It's not who you think.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
Which Grammy moments will spike sales, streams and tickets?
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BEY DROPS A SONG BEFORE KICKOFF
2/6/16

On the eve of her Super Bowl halftime appearance with Coldplay, Columbia's Beyoncé has dropped a new song and video, "Formation," with the track available as a free download on Tidal and the clip viewable on YouTube...


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GRAMMY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: THE REMIX
2/6/16

Check out this ingenious Grammy ad focusing on the Album of the Year contest, done as a "remix" of the various nominees animated on the surfaces of the city.


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FUTURE DELIVERS EVOL (UPDATE)
2/6/16

Future dropped his new Epic album, EVOL, on Apple Music and iTunes Friday evening (2/5), and as soon as it took over the iTunes slowcase it shot to #1 on the album leaderboard.


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DAN HICKS, 1941-2016
2/6/16

Dan Hicks, whose inventive and often comic twist on Western swing-based music stood out from all music springing from the rock underground of the late 1960s and early ‘70s, died Saturday in Mill Valley, Calif., after a two-year battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.


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 U.K. CHARTS: BOWIE ON TOP IN BLIGHTY AGAIN
2/5/16

Sia has been knocked off her midweek #1 peak by David Bowie, twice, as This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA) finishes at #3 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart. ZAYN’s “Pillowtalk” (RCA), meanwhile, is a roaring success and the title of the fastest-selling single of 2016 so far. So where’s Rihanna? Glad you asked...


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ON RECORDS: RANDOM GRAMMY THOUGHTS
2/5/16

It’s time to spark another blunt and ponder some of the more compelling questions swirling around the Grammys. We find the Grammy process endlessly intriguing—don’t you?


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CHART STORY: RIHANNA’S HARD “WORK” PAID OFF
2/5/16

Westbury Road/Roc Nation’s Rihanna has dethroned another megastar, Adele, by topping the HITS Album Sales Chart with 125k for ANTI, even after the Samsung-backed giveaway of a million copies. Keep in mind that the set—her eighth studio album—was only available digitally at presstime. 


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LIVE NATION PREVAILS IN COURT
2/5/16

The Fourth Circuit upheld Live Nation Entertainment Inc.’s legal victory over the operators of Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland who had contended Live Nation had monopolized and restrained competition in the Washington, D.C., area.

 


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A PREVIEW OF RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
2/5/16

For a second week in a row, Def Jam's Justin Bieber sits at #1 on the Top 40 chart with "Love Yourself," while XO/Republic's The Weeknd stays hot on his heels at #2 with "In the Night." At Rhythm, after closing the entire panel out of the box last week, Rihanna's "Work" f/Drake (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) will rack up a 1,100+ spin bump and at Modern Rock, RCA's Cage The Elephant will spend another week at #1 with their sixth chart-topper at the format. Click the links to find out more, buddy! 


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COUNTRY COMFORTS
2/5/16

"Whisper" from Dack Janiels/Columbia Nashville phenom Chase Rice evokes much whispering, Sugarland's Kristian Bush inks with BBR Music Group and Big Machine welcomes new arrival Tara Thompsonthese are among the latest dispatches in our Music City section, your destination for Nashville/country news. Meanwhile, we take a look at country legend Willie Nelson's beguiling set of Gershwin tunes in Critics' Choice.


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BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
2/5/16

This week in our Vibe Raters round-up of buzzing and breaking artists, RCA’s ZAYN debuts atop the pack, considering the massive success of his debut solo single in sales and airplay. Meanwhile, Columbia Nashville’s Maren Morris—whose breakout single is currently Top 5 on iTunes’ country singles chart and Top 30 overall—makes an appearance, along with TEN/Epic’s Zara Larsson, who’s now the #3 Biggest Gainer at Shazam U.S. Click the links for more, buddy.


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THE LUMINEERS
FEEL YA
2/5/16

Presenting "Ophelia" by Dualtone's The Lumineers. The winsome track, already #4 on the iTunes Alternative leaderboard (and making its way up the overall singles chart), arrived at KROQ, iHeart and SiriusXM this morning; it's the first foray from the forthcoming Cleopatra (due 4/8).


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ADELE WADES INTO THE STREAM AGAIN
2/5/16

Adele has made another song from her mega-selling 25 (XL/Columbia) available to streaming services today, "When We Were Young." "Hello" has hitherto been the only streamable track from the new album.


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RIHANNA TAKES
THE STAGE
2/5/16

Rihanna announced via social media this morning that she'll be performing on the Grammys...


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WMG UPS BERGEN
2/5/16

Warner Recorded Music President of International Stu Bergen has been promoted to the newly created post of CEO, International and Global Commercial Services for WMG.


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HITS LIST PUTS YOU ON THE 50-YARD LINE
2/5/16

We're headed toward a couple of big Sundays, and both are amply represented in our latest batch of conversation starters. This list comes in handy for non-football fans attending Super Bowl parties. See the latest HITS List here.

 


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MAURICE WHITE,
1941-2016
2/5/16

Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died in his sleep Thursday (2/4)  after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74...


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DEMI MONDE
2/5/16

During an unusual cold snap in Los Angeles, a bevy of industry professionals gathered to warm themselves around the star power of Safehouse/Island’s Demi Lovato. Seen after upping their spins with some tasty cocktails are: (l-r) iHeart’s Marissa Morris, Island chief David Massey, Lovato, iHeart’s Tom Poleman and John Ivey and Safehouse/Philymack’s Phil McIntyre.


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"HOLD" TIGHT
2/5/16

We're not saying that this clip of Black Magnetic/Epic artists A Great Big World singing "Hold Each Other" with the PS22 Children's Chorus will make you cry, nor will we necessarily admit that it made the editor who posted this story bawl like an idiot. But we will suggest you have a tissue or two nearby. 


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RIHANNA'S #1 AND THE
BIBLE'S BUMBLE
2/4/16

As we mentioned earlier, Rihanna's ANTI is headed for the top spot on the HITS sales and SPS charts, dethroning Adele, and the Westbury Road/Roc Nation superstar's lead single "Work" is gigantic at radio (closing out the Rhythm panel, a rare feat) and iTunes. While the leak of RiRi's album ahead of street date caused the Industry Bible to put her on its chart early (at #27), it's worth noting that Team Janice certainly has discretion in such cases...


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Lukas Graham, "7 Years"
The Warner Bros. artist's soulful track is now blowing up at retail and multiple radio formats. Watch, listen and believe.
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.@Adele's #WhenWeWereYoung is now on streaming services: https://t.co/8UOfXWffDk @XLRECORDINGS @ColumbiaRecords https://t.co/6hmViSstap
Random @TheGRAMMYs thoughts on @kendricklamar @taylorswift13 @Alabama_Shakes @littlebigtown @MarkRonson & more: https://t.co/rn6GqhHdHX
#ANTI is officially the #1 album in America: https://t.co/18whLSNxTS @rihanna #RihannaNavy https://t.co/qzsuuDf48i
Watch @AGreatBigWorld's touching new video for #HoldEachOther. Just make sure you're stocked up on tissues: https://t.co/blH98bTwaN
.@rihanna added to the @brits' list of performers? Talk about star-studded: https://t.co/14Cch2DHiZ #BRITAwards https://t.co/zyN4q0CNwD
Who will win what at @TheGRAMMYs? Our insider makes his educated guesses: https://t.co/EHxnebVCtm @kendricklamar @theweeknd @taylorswift13
.@ladygaga will be the 1st musician to perform at the @SuperBowl @TheGRAMMYs & @Oscars_Live in the same year: https://t.co/EUcXPBcaWd
RT @JonesJourno: Dirty tactics by @billboardbiz re. the @ModestMgmt and @Harry_Styles exclusive statement, summed up by @HITSDD https://t.co/6chdM1tzhG
#PillowTalk blows up out of the box w/ impressive sales and streams: https://t.co/2Fg3DOSWhU @zaynmalik @RCARecords https://t.co/epXbmuDB8C
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